One of the things that I have started to include in all my photography as a Dubai Wedding Photographer is a physical photo book of the event / session that we have. I believe that in this digital age, our senses have been overloaded with photographs on screen and we tend to lose the moment they were created for.
When printed, photographs for me tend to come to life. A physical product you can touch, feel and re-live the moments in. Hence, when I got an opportunity by SAAL Digital to try their photobook I was excited.
I was introduced to SAAL Digital at the Photography live exhibition in Dubai where there was a wide selection of SAAL digital products on display. I was impressed by the quality of their products and ever since wanted to order a book with them. I reached out to the company after the event but hit a roadblock as they said they do not cater to a client in Dubai even though I was informed otherwise at the event. Eventually, I had to find a workaround and get the book forwarded to a freight forwarder company who would eventually forward the book to me from London.
The software by SAAL Digital works hand in hand with my choice of album design – Fundy Designer .
I placed the order for a 28x19 cm landscape book un padded and glossy pages on 13th September in the afternoon and within less than 24 hours on 14th September, I got the email saying my order had shipped. Talk about quick service! The order reached my UK address within the next one day and was forwarded promptly to me and I had the book in my hand on 19th September. All in all, 6 days from placing the order to having it in my hands here in Dubai. Impressive.
The book itself is quite nice, and the glossy paper stands out. What I like is that this book is perfectly sized in terms of weight, dimensions and feeling. I think it is going to fit well in my non wedding products to offer the customers. The images are printed vibrantly and I love the feeling of the photobook, only enhanced by the high quality printing by Saal Digital UK. The binding is absolute lay flat and the panorama images look brilliant without a center crease.
While I am impressed with the product overall, I have a few gripes too. One, my order was shipped from Germany to London. Why can you not ship directly to Dubai? This would make your product even more impressive than it already is as it can reach a market which is longing for a good economical photobook provider. Second, why are your gift boxes 20 pounds? The price of the photobook compared to the price of the box does not make sense and almost ensures that I do not order it.
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of the photobook and will definitely be ordering from them in the future. If you are interested, you can find out about SAAL Digital @SaalDigitaluk on Facebook or @saaldigital_uk on Instagram.
Ryan flew in to Dubai from Bahrain where he is stationed whereas his fiancée works in Washington DC. They were visiting Dubai and wanted a photo shoot to celebrate their engagement as well as make memories of their holiday to Dubai. So we took them out around the city for their Dubai Engagement Photoshoot.
Taylor looked stunning in her flowing red gown while Ryan looked dapper himself in his suit.
Owing to the early sunrise, I had asked them to get ready at ungodly hour of 4 am but both Taylor & Ryan were co-operative and enthusiastic about their session with us. We drove them around Dubai to create some great memories for them. We shot around some attractive tourist destinations in Dubai like the Box Park, Shaikh Zayed Road & Business Bay.
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We met Ciara & Gareth mid last year and they immediately came across as a very cool, easy going and most importantly a fun couple. They had seen our previous luxury wedding photography work and loved it.C & G got married at the beach at Al Qasr hotel which is a part of the Jumeirah Group’s Madinat Jumeirah and is a premium luxury wedding hotel in Dubai.
Their wedding day started with the groom off with his best men to have a luxury shave at Chaps & Co for some much needed boys time whereas the ladies got ready at Ciara’s apartment in the Palm Jumeirah with the help of some Prosecco Champagne.
The wedding procession moved on to Al Qasr Hotel where the couple had a beach side wedding in Dubai on the lawns with the beautiful sea as their backdrop. Jazz musicians were playing tunes to keep the guests entertained. A short and sweet ceremony that was both emotional and funny kept the guests interested through.
While the guests made their way over to Magnolia which was covered in a string of bulbs providing an ethnic and yet chic and modern venue to get married in Dubai.
The best man speech, the dancing and the awesome food by the catering team at Al Qasr ensured that all the guests went back with beautiful wedding memories of Ciara & Gareth.
We travelled to Jodhpur in India for the celebrations of the Lalwani & the Athwani Family's wedding in October.
The three day event was filled with joy, laughter and the famous Rajasthani hospitality. Jodphur is one of the best wedding destinations in India and as premium documentary wedding photographers, both Preet and I had a great time in photographing the destination wedding of Hitesh from Dubai and Kamayani from Jodhpur.
And to end if off, the slideshow with some additional images that did not make the blog.
Pascale & Hatim got married at the Address Hotel Downtown with the magnificent views of the Dubai Fountains in their background. The wedding ceremony attended by Pascale's family who flew in specially from Quebec, Canada was a sight to witness with all of them in their traditional Indian attire. We hope you enjoy this wedding as much as we enjoyed covering it. Co shot with Dubai Wedding Photographer & friend Preet Sagar